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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 16, 2014 8:22 AM CST
I started up a new garden thread here with Ken's lovely post
we came from here
The thread "What's in your Garden February to beginning Oct. 2014" in Orchids forum
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back to Ken:
My 'White Butterfly' ginger and azaleas have really popped with this cool weather. They are as beautiful as I have ever seen them. I was out grilling on the patio last night and there was a gentle northerly breeze blowing. The gingers are north of the patio. The fragrance was amazing.


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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 16, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Those gingers do have the most delicious fragrance, don't they? Mine didn't bloom much this summer as the bamboo clump was leaning out and shading them. We have now trimmed back the bamboo (finally!) and I'm hoping the gingers will get on with the program now.

Another great fragrance, my Brugs 'Charles Grimaldi' and 'Monster White' have a huge flush of blooms going on. Sadly, all my brugs are 'going south' this winter, as they are all infected with Fusarium, it appears. They're slowly declining, making fewer and smaller leaves each flush.
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Begonias, on the other hand are loving the cooler weather and making flowers. This one is a 'cutting' I broke off Rolling my eyes. during the summer. Just stuck it in a pot of soil and away it went!
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This is begonia 'Looking Glass' which I can never get a good picture of. Its leaves are as shiny as aluminum foil.
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I keep this wild Canna around because it has such nice graceful flowers. It was supposed to also have variegated foliage but . .. Shrug! Sighing!
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 16, 2014 12:29 PM CST

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Lovely! Lovey dubby

My big variegated Brug is still producing tons of blooms, unfortunately a greenish white caterpillar decimates the leaves as fast they grow. I picked a few off the plant, but I know there are still some there, I just can't see them, they blend right in with the variegated growth.
So annoying!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 16, 2014 2:40 PM CST
Oh dear, Ursula! If you have any energy left after dinner, go out with a flashlight and shine it on the undersides of the leaves. Those caterpillars are much easier to see at night. They hide along the mid-ribs of the leaves during the day.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 16, 2014 2:54 PM CST

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Thanks for that tip, Elaine. I will do that.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Oct 16, 2014 2:58 PM CST
Hopefully your neighbors won't call the cops, thinking burglars are about! Whistling
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 16, 2014 3:05 PM CST

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Oh gee, I sure hope not! Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 16, 2014 4:08 PM CST

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In the meanwhile- now where do I post this?
My son's Carribbean Reds produce crop after crop of insanely hot peppers. I took it now into the greenhouse, since it likes it warm. We eat some, I pickled some too and gave a lot away.
My son could now take the plant back, as he has the spot for it inside, but we decided to keep it in my care for another season, so the young children don't start "cooking" with them. I could just see poor Emma ( two and a half years old) biting into one of those.
I don't touch them at all with bare hands....
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 17, 2014 6:42 AM CST

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Update on my Caterpillar-chomped Brug -
Klaus and I went out with the flashlight to look for the critters, didn't find them. I guess I have no choice but to cut it down first before I have to move it to the garage. Which might be Sunday, it looks like we might get frost. But I will try again until then, I know they are there.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 18, 2014 3:16 PM CST

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It was a blustery and chilly morning in NE PA this morning, once it started to rain we left for NJ.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 18, 2014 5:56 PM CST
Still, such idyllic scenes there, Ursula. I love the one with the dark clouds in the background, and aren't the colors getting that lovely muted shade now.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Oct 18, 2014 6:52 PM CST
Beautiful Ursula, but I can feel that biting wind from here. I guess I have become Florida fragile.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 19, 2014 6:55 AM CST

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We love it at any time of year, but yes, despite a warm Polartec, I was getting chilled. But the good news is that we met up with a local builder, who did good work on our little house for us before, and as soon as the weather allows in Spring, he will built us a nice Gazebo right next to the pond in the Spring. Looking forwards to that!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 30, 2014 4:12 PM CST

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The last plant still outside, but has to come in tomorrow too as we are expecting frost.
The Caterpillars did a number on the leaves, but this Brug still blooms a lot.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2014 5:01 PM CST
Wow, that's a great flush of bloom for this late. Just lovely!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Oct 30, 2014 6:40 PM CST

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Smells good too! Too bad Summer is over.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 4, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Here too!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Nov 4, 2014 8:26 PM CST
Just a few pictures to show what element the landscape lighting is adding.

Just before dark with the new lights on:
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Full darkness with landscape lights on:
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OC with the new lights on:
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So far, I like it.

Jim
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 4, 2014 10:32 PM CST
Stunning Jim, it's a wonderland for gardeners.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Nov 5, 2014 6:57 AM CST

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Looks wonderful! Thumbs up

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